House of Anansi Press

The Truth About Luck

What I Learned on My Road Trip with Grandma

Written by Iain Reid

Published February 20, 2013 | ISBN 9781770892422
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

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Regular price $16.95 CAD

272 pages
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About this book

The Truth About Luck

What I Learned on My Road Trip with Grandma

Iain Reid

Selected for The Globe 100 Books in 2013.

In The Truth about Luck, Iain Reid, author of the highly popular coming-of-age memoir One Bird's Choice, accompanies his grandmother on a five-day vacation — which turns out to be a "staycation" at his apartment in Kingston. While the twenty-eight-year-old writer is at the beginning of his adult life, his ninety-two-year-old grandmother is nearing the end of hers. Between escorting his grandma to local attractions and restaurants, the two exchange memories and she begins to reveal details of her inspiring life story.

Told with subtlety, humour, and heart, this delightful comic memoir reflects on family connections; how we experience adversity, the passage of time, and aging; and most importantly what it truly means to feel lucky.

About the Author

Iain Reid

Iain Reid is the author of the critically acclaimed comic memoir One Bird's Choice, which won the CBC Bookie Award for Best Nonfiction Book. His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online in publications such as the Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest, and The Classical. He writes regularly about books and writing for the National Post. His work has also appeared on CBC Radio and NPR. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Awards and Praise
Told with charm, wit, and one of the most likeable voices going, Iain Reid’s The Truth About Luck falls somewhere between a slacker Tuesdays with Morrie and an intergenerational version of The Trip, with more sandwiches than scallops. Amid all the comic minutiae emerges a sensitive, thoughtful portrait of a ninety-two year old, as infectiously interested in the world as her grandson becomes with her.
  • Commended Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, 2013